Saturday, August 04, 2007

the perfect robot suit


this came up in an email conversation with a friend who loved the beyonce robot outfit and i was very surprised that she'd never heard or seen the Thierry Mugler one.

here's two posed shots at the best resolution i have.

there's loads more floating around out there on the internet. i've seen a video clip as well as a series against a red background. anyone care to post them to me or links in comments?

there used to be a site called 'pink plastic' that had a good gallery but i think its long gone.

it also reminds me of a very old asfr story that involves a woman wanting to be welded into a robot suit and after a couple of years a deprogrammer is hired to rescue her...

xx

22 comments:

K-8 said...

Oh! I don't think I've ever seen the full version of that pic...I didn't realize there was a third person over on the right!

As far as those pics and video, I posted them once to my own blog not too awfully long ago:

http://consciousobject.livejournal.com/37570.html

Anonymous said...

Wow! I've never seen these in full size! Are there hires versions of the other ones to? Please!

SanderO said...

Is that a real person suit or is that a photoshopped image?

Anonymous said...

I can't really say about the first pic with the three ladies, but...

After a closer look at the second pic with the one lady on the stairs, I'd say that particular suit and shot were real enough. If you look closely at the suit, there are plastic bits in it. They vary in both thickness and transparency...and in a lot of places the coverage isn't total, probably to either allow some ventilation, or to allow better movement.

I doubt such details would be present (that is, left there) in a purely photo-manipulated image. Pure photo-manips tend to go for full coverage on the plastic/shiny textures to a degree not possible in a real suit. Granted, I'm not saying it's totally un-retouched...I think some nipples were airbrushed, and the model does seem stretched a little. But it really looks like there *was* an original model in an original suit to work from here. I don't think a designer would attach his name to a "suit" that didn't exist at all.

Only question is, how much was there in person, how much was retouched? The metal bits can be done easily enough, as anyone who knows anything about European suits of armor can tell you...

Just saying... --Brad Poe

SanderO said...

I think it was photoshopped.

Usagi said...

I think it was photoshopped.

Check this link:

http://stuff.21publish.com/exotic/archive/2006/09/24/n8aijiy7rz4j.htm

Heading is "Helena Christensen in Thierry Mugler Robot suit 1991 photographed by Herb Ritts."

Also found a Time magazine "blurb" that indicated Mugler showed the suit last year at a fashion show, saying that it took six months to construct.

Not a photoshop, but the real thing.

blackice said...

Its definately real. I ran some photo's of it in my magazine and it was on the catwalk in Paris.

I do believe however its all plastic and not metal at all. There's definately gaps in it too.

Have the high res scans of it somewhere.

M

Usagi said...

I do believe however its all plastic and not metal at all. There's definately gaps in it too.

You can see that at the joints (elbows and such) it's open so there's no binding. The second picture shows this on the inner left arm nicely.

SanderO said...

If it is separate flexible bits of rubber/plastic then it could be real, but it wouldn't feel much like being in a robot suit I suspect. Good illusion though.

Usagi said...

If it is separate flexible bits of rubber/plastic then it could be real, but it wouldn't feel much like being in a robot suit I suspect.

The original Maschinenmensch suit from Metropolis was apparently made of something called "plastic-wood", and was draped over a body cast of Brigitte Helm and painted with a cellon varnish spray mixed with silvery bronze powder that made it look like metal. The suit was extremly unflexable and uncomfortable to wear, as it was tight and confining and was always rubbing and pinching Brigitte to the point where she was in pain throughout most of the shoot involving the suit. The original suit is suppose to have been destroyed in a studio fire in 1928.

K-8 said...

To anyone who thinks it's Photoshopped: I have *video* of it in action, at that link I posted in the first comment above.

Jade Johnson said...

I think it was photoshopped.

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